If you were injured at work, you may have the chance to collect workers’ compensation payments while you recover. However, collecting and cashing these checks means that you cannot sue your employer for unsafe conditions. If a third party, such as a manufacturer or vendor, was at fault for your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them in addition to receiving your workers’ benefits. Here is a look at your rights in this situation:
- Workers’ Compensation Claims
Employees who are hurt in the workplace are entitled to collect workers’ compensation payments while they recover. Employers pay into this state-run plan, and injured workers can collect checks for missed salary, benefits, and medical bills. A claim can be filed online or with the help of an attorney. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so employees can receive compensation even if the injury was their own fault.
- Negligent Third Parties
One of the main reasons employers like workers’ compensation plans is because once you collect from the state’s plan, you cannot file a claim against the employer. This saves companies a great deal of money and stress. However, though your injury may have happened at work, it may have been the fault of a third party. If a vendor was negligent or a machine malfunctioned and caused you injury, you have the right to sue the at-fault party in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim.
The workers’ compensation process can be lengthy and procedurally difficult. If you were hurt at work and need legal advice about your options, consult the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. We are dedicated to helping North Carolina residents with personal injury and third party liability claims. Call our office today at (919) 238-4668 to schedule a no-cost case evaluation.
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